In a region which is steeped in wine experiences, Scion of Rutherglen has managed to create a point of difference.
Promoting itself as a producer of artisan wine, Scion offers a contemporary narrative within a wonderfully historic wine-growing region.
Owner and winemaker Rowly Milhinch said Scion’s approach was to blend the simplicity and rawness of the old ways with a progressive and modern vision.
“We grow grape varietals traditional to Rutherglen, yet make anything but traditional wines. We handcraft five varietals into a focused range of wines, from aromatic afternoon whites to elegant reds and delicate dessert wines,” he says.
Operating since 2002, Scion is located on a small hill just south of the Rutherglen township.
“We chose this site for its unique combination of soils, northern aspect and gentle slope,” Rowly says.
“After planting eight acres of vines, we built a cellar door taking advantage of views across our piece of the Australian countryside.”
Rowly studied design in Melbourne but becoming a winemaker was a natural step back to his ancestry.
As a great-great-great grandson of George Francis Morris, the founding father of Rutherglen’s Morris Wines, Rowly says he has been inspired to juxtapose tradition in a contemporary way, producing grape varieties synonymous with Rutherglen in innovative ways.
“Our winemaking process is completed by hand ensuring place and seasonality are reflected,” he says.
“We have a focused range of wines on offer, which visitors can experience in a relaxed and intimate setting at our cellar door, which people seem to really enjoy.
“We welcome all - wine enthusiasts, the wine curious, families and cyclists alike.”